Tucked away in the West End, Indigo Yard is a favourite haunt for after-work drinks and supper. With extensive seating areas there is plenty of space for both.
Be prepared for the drinks list which is more than 20 pages long, but thankfully the food menu is slightly more concise.
We chose a Romanian Merlot (£19.50) from the slightly pricey list. There is also house wine available by the glass starting from a more reasonable £3.50.
Tempted by a sharing platter to start, the options were too enticing to forego. I chose the Shetland mussels with Thai chilli and lemongrass (£5.95) whilst my friend chose the avocado, spinach and smoked bacon salad with a vinaigrette (£5.45).
The mussels were delicious and although slightly threatened to be overcome by the strength of the chilli, were saved by the delicate balance of lemongrass. The salad was disappointingly exactly as it said on the tin and the avocado could have happily withstood a few more days’ sunbathing.
Steaks, hot off the grill, sizzling on great wooden boards proved too hard to resist – my friend chose the sirloin steak (17.95) which had been aged 21 days.
This arrived with a bucket of hand-cut fries and a tentative taste of salad. Cooked to perfection, there was little to fault. My lamb shank (£12.95), which came with roasted root veg and was seasoned with rosemary, was as delicious.
It is clear they are choosy in selecting their suppliers and it pays off. There is also a good range of dishes to cater for all tastes and pockets.
Our only worry was the continuation of excellent food across such a range.
The floor staff are not overly friendly but this is happily counteracted by the bar staff and the warm buzzing atmosphere.
• Indigo Yard, 7 Charlotte Lane, 0131-220 5603, www.indigoyardedinburgh.co.uk